Just Take Those Old Records Off the Shelf…
There’s that old axiom that what’s new will become old will become new again, and the music and entertainment world are certainly not exempt. Stylistically, we’ve seen musical themes, recording methods and even instrumentation and orchestration often throw back to a generation or more before its time in some of the newer music being produced today. However, not only do we see the way music is made taking notes from days gone by, but the way we listen to music, even in this digital age, is tapping into its more primitive roots in a surprisingly big way.
The year 2007 saw the beginning of what has become known as the Vinyl Revival. Music fans are falling back into the “stacks of wax” and have helped the industry to see notable growth (as much as 30 percent) every single year for over a decade now. While the market share of CD sales are dropping year after year, vinyl sales are currently at a near 30-YEAR high. In addition, roughly 45 percent of vinyl sales today are coming from independent record stores that offer vinylphiles not just a place to buy new and used records but a place to congregate, trade and share in all the things that makes vinyl a fun and, to many, a preferred way to listen to music.
But Lake Charles hasn’t seen a proper record store in some 25 years now. We don’t have a place to foster and nurture this community of music fans. We don’t have passionate purveyors seeking out and tracking down everyone’s old favorite or new favorite record. We don’t have a musical home.
Well, Lake Charles, I am happy to say that we, in fact, do now.
Bring Over Some of Your Old Motown Records…
Eric Daigle and Kevin Lambert are anything but new to the Lake Charles music scene. Working together and separately, they have been members of acts such as Tuesday’s Debut and Paper Planes that lit up downtown stages even in the days before Hurricane Rita. Now, the two young men have partnered up in a new way to help bring the world of vinyl back to the Lake City in a real way.
September 17 was the grand opening of The Round About at 311 Broad Street and both guys are excited about where they’ve started and where they see themselves going. They said that they had way more activity than they anticipated and were hard at work building an order to restock the shelves when I visited with them the following Monday. After chatting music for a few (and placing my request for the new Wilco record) we resigned to nearby Stellar Beans for a cup of Joe and to find out a bit more about the two guys planning to make all your vinyl dreams come true!
Lambert, 28 and Daigle, 34 are, like myself, still a bit young for the “Vinyl Era,” per se. By the time we were old enough to buy music, cassettes and CDs were the format du jour and all we knew of records were the one our parents had lying around the house. Well, it’s no surprise that that’s where all three of us started.
Daigle says, “My parents were big time classic rockers, everything from Led Zeppelin to Prince, Cat Stevens, Procol Harum. Pink Floyd was it for my dad though, so Dark Side of the Moon was probably the first favorite of mine that I just listened to a million times.”
“Yeah, same for me,” said Lambert. “Dad listened to a lot of what was hot on the radio, but Mom was always playing John Denver’s Greatest Hits, and I was like… ughhh! I though it was cheesy and corny back then, but now I cry when I listen to him. I think he’s just wonderful. I even had to call my Mom eventually and say ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘Thank you’ now that I’m older, but it was those experiences that began my love of records and the music that was on them at that time.”
When I pointed out that opening a record store in 2016 in Lake Charles may strike some people as a bit crazy, Lambert was quick to reply.
“Yeah, but it’s happening elsewhere. This industry is seeing growth instead of a decline. It’s just not happening here… or, at least it wasn’t. Now it it’s here, too.”
“You know, being a part of the music scene here, we’ve watched Downtown Lake Charles grow and develop through the years,” Daigle said. “We’ve been wanting to see something like this happen for a long time now and we felt like it was time to make it a reality.”
And while not everyone of our generation and younger will jump on the vinyl trend, many already have and there are new fans out there that aren’t even aware of it yet. Daigle mentioned one customer in particular that showed up for the grand opening that was about as new to the vinyl experience as anyone could be
“This gal had never heard a record in her life until a few days before coming into the store,” he recalls. “She is a McNeese student who was listening to an opera for something she was working on and that was the first actual record she’d ever heard. She was even amazed to see hip-hop on vinyl, but that was pretty cool. One listen and she was interested enough to come check out the new record store in town. That’s REALLY cool.”
But for fans young and old, there is not only a place to go get nostalgic over the music of your parents’ youth, but there are a couple of passionate, musically minded guys who will clearly go out of their way to find and stock music new and old for those of us who like the highs and lows and all the crackle and pops that make the vinyl listening experience something unique that I hope continues for generations to come. If you are even remotely into music, stop by and meet these guys and maybe, grab you a table and a couple of records. You just might find that you are “one of us’ and that you, too, have a new musical home right here in good ol’ Lake Chuck.
I really hope to see you there.
Something Is Happening Here…
And while we all can enjoy sitting at home and spinning some great records, there’s still plenty out there that you need to GO SEE! Starting with…
Saturday, October 8
Cheech and Chong – Golden Nugget Lake Charles
The bon vivants of the cinematic dope world are bringing the legendary bleary-eyed antics of Up In Smoke, Nice Dreams and Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie to the Golden Nugget Grand Ballroom for a night of chronic comedy that’s liable to leave you rolling in the aisles and lusting over a bag of potato chips and a Twinkie. Nonetheless, the Sultans of Sativa are making their way to the Lake City on October 8. If you have ever found their stoney antics amusing, then I cannot urge you enough to go SEE THIS SHOW, MAAAAANNNN!!!!!!
Sunday, October 9
Lake Charles Symphony Presents Peter and The Wolf and Beethoven’s 7th
The Lake Charles Symphony is kicking off its 2016-2017 classical season with two legendary works. Joined by the Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra, the LCS, under the direction of Maestro Bohuslav Rattay, will be presenting Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf followed by the 7th Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven live on the Rosa Hart stage. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students and active military. For more information call (337) 433-1611 or visit www.lcsymphony.com GO SEE THIS SHOW!